With a nonagenarian president apparently still planning to run for re-election in 2018, Zimbabwe’s runners and riders are making themselves known.
President Robert Mugabe is also in South Africa for a summit, complicating dilemma as South Africa already has a difficult relationship with Zimbabwe.
The Gambian election dispute is not the first that ECOWAS has confronted. Côte d’Ivoire’s 2010 presidential election is a case in point. There it resorted to military action to enforce the outcome.
The legitimacy and credibility of those in power has been eroded by bad governance, patronage and the obsession to claim an exclusive agency representing the people.
Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe was confirmed on Saturday as his party’s sole candidate for the next presidential election in 2018, when he will be 94.
Acknowledging the threat social media poses to his government, Mugabe has activated laws that limit the free flow of information and subject private communication to state surveillance.
Only around a dozen heads of state from the 120-nation Non-Aligned Movement made it to the meeting, in a blow for a government keen to bolster its international legitimacy.
Zimbabwe’s ruling party is facing a wave of online and offline protest.
President Robert Mugabe is facing rising public anger at the dire state of the economy, in particular shortages of cash and unemployment estimated at over 80%.
The cultural diversity in Bangalore doesn’t make itself visible during a walk down MG Road on a Sunday afternoon. Africans are simply invisible in daily life.
Television footage and pictures this month from the southern African country have shown baton-wielding riot police taking on groups of young men in restive Harare townships.
Magistrate Vakayi Chikwekwe said prosecutors presented different charges from those read out to Mawarire when he was arrested.
While the government threatened protestors with the “full wrath of the law”, Mawarire urged them to continue with the biggest demonstrations in a decade against President Mugabe.
Zimbabweans stayed at home on July 6, forcing businesses to shut, in the biggest protest since 2007 against unemployment and corruption.
His 2003 visit to the UK was a nerve-racking and politically fraught affair, writes Satyabrata Pal, who was India’s Deputy High Commissioner in London at the time.